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Airlines warn of ‘catastrophic disruptions’ in US 5G rollout

  Bloomberg A trade association representing major US airlines asked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the nation’s top communications and aviation regulators to prevent wireless carriers from implementing 5G services close to airports. Airlines for America warned in a letter that the traveling and shipping public could see “catastrophic disruptions” if the new C-band frequencies were put into service within ...

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Hong Kong arrests ex-Cathay crew at center of Covid outbreak

  Bloomberg Two former Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd flight attendants were arrested for violating pandemic rules, Hong Kong police said, after they were identified as the source of the city’s Omicron outbreak. The pair were charged under Hong Kong’s Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation and are due to appear in court February 9. Until then, they’ve been released on ...

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US FAA clears way for some jets to fly within 5G airwaves

  Bloomberg US aviation regulators granted approvals that will allow some jetliners to operate within zones where new 5G wireless services are set to begin Wednesday, significantly reducing the potential impact on flight schedules. The Federal Aviation Administration said airline manufacturers had shown that the mobile-phone signals won’t cause interference with critical aircraft equipment on certain Airbus SE and Boeing ...

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New Cathay rival considering possible $1.8bn plane order

  Bloomberg A new Hong Kong-based airline with ties to Beijing is considering ordering up to 30 narrow-body jets from either Boeing Co or Airbus SE as it tries to establish itself in a market dominated by Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. Greater Bay Airlines, which is awaiting final approval to operate commercial passenger flights out of Hong Kong, is assessing ...

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Aircraft leasing sector outlines pathway to net zero by 2050

  Bloomberg The airline industry needs aggressive action if it is to meet its emissions reduction targets by 2050, according to a trade group that represents some of the world’s top airline leasing companies. Aircraft Leasing Ireland supports the pledge made by the airline industry to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as approved by the International Air Transport ...

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Jet fuel market’s key metric rises as flights resist Omicron

Bloomberg The jet fuel market is soaring in Europe as global air traffic withstands the impact of the Omicron virus strain. One of the fuel’s most important market metrics, its differential to diesel, on Friday surged to its highest since September 2019 — long before Covid-19 decimated the continent’s aviation industry. “We’re tight supply everywhere,” said Mark Williams, an oil ...

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Spain to weigh Air Europa stake in revised deal with IAG

  Bloomberg Spain is considering taking a direct stake in Air Europa as part of a revised plan to rescue the troubled airline after the collapse of its proposed sale to IAG SA, according to people familiar with the matter. Under a new structure under discussion, state-backed coronavirus bailout loans could be converted into a government holding of about 40% ...

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Mali threatens to revoke airlines’ landing slots

  Bloomberg Airlines flying to Mali, which has been placed under sanctions by West Africa’s regional economic bloc, must confirm whether they will continue to operate within 72 hours, or risk losing their landing slots. “After this deadline, their time slots will be handed to other airlines, in order to assure continued services,” Mali’s Transport Minister Madina Sissoko Dembele said ...

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First aircraft-specific limit for 5G signals issued by FAA 

  Bloomberg US aviation regulators published the first aircraft-specific restriction related to new 5G service expected to begin next week, ordering operators of Boeing Co. 787 jets to update landing requirements. Equipment on the planes that could be subject to interference from 5G radio waves affects how the jet stops after touching down, the Federal Aviation Administration said in an ...

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FAA issues 1,462 flight limits for 5G, seeks to limit delays

  Bloomberg US aviation regulators say they’ve made progress reducing the risk of flight disruptions from new 5G service that’s set to start January 19, but at the same time they’ve issued almost 1,500 orders limiting flight operations across the country. The Federal Aviation Administration expects to provide information soon on what percentage of aircraft will be subject to the ...

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